Luis Suarez scored a goal for Barcelona against Los Angeles Galaxy as the Spanish giants beat the Major League Soccer champs 2-1 in Pasadena on Tuesday night.
Although Barca left Lionel Messi and Neymar behind to keep them fresh for the forthcoming La Liga season, a crowd of 93,000 packed into the Rose Bowl for the International Champions Cup match.
Suarez scored in the 45th minute and Sergi Roberto added Barca’s second 11 minutes later. Galaxy’s Tommy Meyer scored from a header in the game’s dying moments.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said that considering they had only practiced for seven days and been travelling, overall he was pleased with their performance. Galaxy’s Robbie Keane and new arrival Steven Gerrard played in the first half for a side depleted by four regular players and new signing Giovani Dos Santos all absent on international duty in the Gold Cup.
This was an exhibition and experimental match in every sense with many substitutions by both sides.
Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said this was a significant improvement considering they lost 7-0 to Manchester United a year ago.
Gerrard and Suarez were Liverpool teammates two years ago. They hugged and exchanged jerseys at halftime. Gerrard has rated Suarez as the best player he has played alongside in his long and illustrious career.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant, who is a huge soccer fan, visited both teams in their training sessions the day before.
Barcelona introduced their new home jerseys with horizontal blue-and-red stripes, changing a 115 year tradition of vertical stripes in the Nike kits.
Meanwhile, Manchester United continued their winning ways on their U.S. tour, beating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at the Avaya Stadium.
Juan Mata and newcomer Memphis Depay put United ahead before Fatai Alashe pulled one back for the Earthquakes. An Andreas Pereira header sealed the win for United.